South African president Jacob Zuma: ANC is due to vote on his successor. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo/Reuters

The FBI has opened an investigation into US links to South Africa’s Gupta family, escalating a political scandal over the three brothers’ alleged use (...)

South Africa’s then education minister Blade Nzimande signs an agreement in Paris alongside his French counterpart, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, while presidents Jacob Zuma and François Hollande look on, in July 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/Reuters

The South African Communist Party has warned that President Jacob Zuma’s decision to remove its leader from cabinet has brought its alliance with the (...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma. The Gupta brothers are accused of using their relationships with Zuma and other politically-connected individuals to illegally acquire billions of rand in state contracts. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

A far-reaching corruption scandal in South Africa that led to the collapse of UK public relations giant Bell Pottinger is now damaging the reputations(...)

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s appeals court has ruled that Zuma must face a range of corruption charges. File photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South Africa’s appeals court has ruled that the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, must face a range of corruption charges that were controversially dro(...)

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in a press conference in London, England. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

With less than three months to go to the poll that decides who will become the next leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC party, the election campaign b(...)

Ugandan lawmakers involved in a fight in the parliament ahead of proposed age limit amendment bill debate. Photograph:  James Akena/Reuters

Earlier this week fighting broke out in Uganda’s parliament for a second day between lawmakers pushing for a change in laws to remove age limits for p(...)

 A member of South Africa’s Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) waves a sign during a demonstration calling for the removal of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Alliance partners of the African National Congress led more than a dozen mass protests across South Africa on Wednesday that called for an end to gove(...)

South African parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, left, talks with ANC treasury general Zweli Mkhize, right, at the ruling party’s policy conference. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Fears that South Africa’s ruling party could split after its elective conference in December has propelled a “compromise” candidate into contention to(...)

An office building containing the London HQ  of Bell Pottinger: the disgraced firm is now fighting for survival amid a mass exodus of clients and staff. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Bank of Ireland has become the latest corporate client, and the first big Irish name, to sever ties with embattled UK public relations firm Bell Potti(...)

 South African president Jacob Zuma has suffered a blow in his efforts to ensure his preferred candidate is elected to succeed him. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has suffered a blow in his efforts to ensure his preferred candidate is elected to succeed him as leader of the (...)